On the first day of EcoBio, we define Ecology as “the study of the relationships between organisms and their environment – including humans!” Considering people as a part of ecological communities becomes especially obvious in landscapes with a heavy human footprint – including grasslands, agricultural fields and urban areas. I am an applied ecologist working on habitat restoration in human-dominated systems, conducting research at the intersection of people and the environment, with a particular focus on birds, arthropods and native and invasive plants! I have two primary areas of interest: 1) Habitat restoration for declining wildilfe, and 2) Human behavior and conservation on private lands. I enjoy collaborating across disciplinary boundaries with both social and natural scientists on these topics. I have worked with undergraduate students on projects under these two research areas--including many, many posters and several peer-reviewed publications couathored by students. Underpinning this work is a desire to make conservation more accessible, equitable and welcoming to minoritized individuals.